Posted: Sep 10, 2010 4:06 PM by Heather Harel
Updated: Sep 10, 2010 5:24 PM
Source: Associated Press
The man arrested after an hour-long standoff with authorities in Baton Rouge is now in Calcasieu Parish, where he faces tough questions about the murders of four people there.
52-year-old Lee Roy Williams Jr. was brought to the Calcasieu Parish jail before dawn Friday, and hid his face in his hands as reporters asked him several questions about the murders near Lake Charles. He told them he didn’t kill the four people found dead in a trailer on Labor Day, and that he’d been in Baton Rouge for the last few days.
Sheriff Tony Mancuso said Williams is a “very, very strong person of interest” in the case, and that investigators had taken a lot of evidence from the blue Ford Explorer Williams was in when authorities spotted him in a Baton Rouge park Thursday.
Three people who were with Williams were detained by officers before deputies said Williams tried to run over an officer at the scene. Another deputy tried to shoot out Williams’ tires, and the vehicle became stuck on a guard rail.
Multiple agencies surrounded the car, and about an hour later Williams surrendered.
The three people with him were later released without being charged, and Williams now faces a charge of attempted first degree murder of a police officer as well as unrelated drug charges.
Sheriff Mancuso said Williams has moved often, frequented homeless shelters and had convictions in North Carolina for involuntary manslaughter and breaking and entering, and had convictions in Mississippi for larceny and forgery. His last known addresses were in Mississippi and Chicago, according to the sheriff.